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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Marc Richards (3', 89')
  • Timi Max Elsnik (66', 79')
  • Callum Ainley (15', 29')
  • Ryan Wintle (51')
  • Zoumana Bakayogo (80')

Swindon hit back to beat Crewe in thriller

Braces from debutant Marc Richards and substitute Timi Elsnik inspired Swindon to come from behind to beat 10-man Crewe 4-3 in a spectacular match at the County Ground.
Swindon initially went ahead when Ellis Iandolo's low cross fell to Richards in the box and the former Northampton striker cooly fired home from 12 yards.
Crewe equalised when the hosts failed to clear their lines and Callum Ainley hit a low volley across goal into the far corner.
The visitors then took the lead before half-time when Ainley glanced Charlie Kirk's pinpoint cross into the bottom right corner for his fifth goal of the season.
David Artell's men extended their advantage early in the second half when Reice Charles-Cook parried Jordan Bowery's initial shot and Ryan Wintle ran in to tap the ball into the net from close range.
Swindon had a lifeline with 25 minutes to go when Elsnik curled a shot into the top left corner from the edge of the box, before the Derby loanee equalised with a composed low shot into the bottom left corner.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men after Zoumana Bakayogo received a second yellow card and with just minutes remaining Matt Taylor's low cross was poked home by Richards at the front post to win it for the home side.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Lincoln City 26 +21 52
2 Bury 28 +21 49
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 +21 47
4 Colchester United 28 +12 46
5 Mansfield Town 26 +17 45
6 Carlisle United 28 +10 45
7 Forest Green Rovers 26 +14 44
8 Exeter City 27 +10 44
9 Tranmere Rovers 27 +8 42
10 Stevenage 28 -2 41
11 Oldham Athletic 27 +7 39
12 Swindon Town 28 -6 37
13 Newport County 26 -8 36
14 Crewe Alexandra 28 -6 35
15 Grimsby Town 27 -5 34
16 Northampton Town 27 0 33
17 Crawley Town 27 -6 33
18 Cheltenham Town 27 -9 29
19 Port Vale 27 -10 29
20 Cambridge United 28 -22 29
21 Morecambe 28 -16 28
22 Yeovil Town 26 -4 27
23 Macclesfield Town 28 -19 24
24 Notts County 28 -28 21